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Without Federal Immigration Reform, Arizona’s Trend Could Spread

Without Federal Immigration Reform, Arizona’s Trend Could Spread

The countdown is on. Half a million supporters of comprehensive immigration reform rallied across the country on May 1 to protest SB 1070, Arizona’s prohibitive new anti-immigration law and ratchet up pressure for a federal reform bill this year. In Washington, DC, police arrested a dozen demonstrators, including Rep. Luis Gutierrez (D-IL), after they engaged in non-violent civil disobedience, as Esther Gentile reports for New America Media.

So far, legislators in the Senate have not introduced a proposal, and the longer they wait, the less likely it is that a bill will be debated in 2010, especially with an election on the horizon. The stakes are incredibly high because a lack of federal action leaves a wide opening for states to draft their own, increasingly restrictive versions of immigration reform.

Rally round the country

Feministing also reports on the Washington May Day rally, which was led by “the Trail of Dreams trekkers, Felipe Matos, Gaby Pacheco, Carlos Roa, and Juan Rodriguez, who walked 1500 miles from Florida to DC in support of the DREAM Act, which would make a college education possible and create a path to citizenship for some undocumented immigrants.”

Los Angeles had the largest rally attendance of about 60,000 according to Hatty Lee at RaceWire, but there were also significant numbers in other states. “The nationwide May Day rallies drew tens of thousands of protesters-the largest turnouts since 2006,” Lee writes, remembering the millions who marched in cities for immigration reform just four years ago.

Workers Independent News sheds some light on to the labor history involved with May Day, writing that May 1, also known as International Workers’ Day, has created a strong alliance between union members and immigration reform boosters.

Arizona on my mind

SB 1070, Arizona’s new immigration law which forces local police to check the immigration status of a person if there is a “reasonable suspicion” that they are undocumented, has only energized the reform movement.

“It has mobilized the entire pro-immigration community and triggered a large, visible, highly vocal and well-publicized backlash that some polling suggests is beginning to turn fence-sitters into advocates,” William Fisher reports at the Inter Press Service.

Jesse Freeston with the Real News found that “While the demands of immigration reform, fair education, and an end to deportations have been around for years, the recent developments in Arizona were on everybody’s mind.”

In the wake of Arizona, Democratic lawmakers released a rough draft of an immigration proposal for the Senate last week. Jessica Pieklo at Care2 reports that “the proposals suggested by the Democrats include enhanced border security, the creation of a new fraud-resistant Social Security card, and for those already in the country illegally, a series of penalties, taxes, and fees, in addition to passing a criminal background check would have to be satisfied before they would qualify for legal residency.”

Despite the draft—one of two, the other co-authored by Sens. Chuck Schumer (D-NY) and Lindsey Graham (R-SC) and released weeks ago-a bill has yet to be officially introduced in the Senate, and it’s unknown when it will be given a chance.

SB 1070 disproportionately affects children and victims of Domestic Violence

SB 1070 will likely have a great affect on undocumented victims of domestic violence, according to Laura Tillman at the Women’s Media Center. Tillman notes that domestic abuse could become worse in the state, now that the police are full-time immigration agents.

Tillman writes that the “new immigration law is set to give [domestic abuse] victims a heightened fear of deportation if they come forward to report crimes, and criminals the confidence to perpetrate crimes without fear of retribution.”

AlterNet also reports on a new study from the advocacy group First Focus, which finds that “Children are the hidden casualties of America’s war on immigrants, and the passage of Arizona’s new racial profiling legislation could open up countless opportunities for local law enforcement to break up families by putting undocumented parents on the fast-track to deportation.”

Today, with strong grassroots organizing, and after the countless injustices endured by immigrants on both the state and national level, the immigration battle of 2010 is nearing its most critical hour. And now, all eyes are on Congress to produce a bill.

This post features links to the best independent, progressive reporting about immigration by members of The Media Consortium. It is free to reprint.

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6:30PM PDT on Jun 27, 2010

Check out the latest:
Arizona//Federal Parkland CLOSED TO AMERICANS!
This from FOX NEWS:

http://www.personalliberty.com/feature-video/mexicans-take-over-parts-of-arizona/

IF MEXICANS WANT OUT OF MEXICO SO BAD, WHY TRY SO HARD TO MAKE AMERICA JUST ANOTHER 'PIG-STY'?!
& WHEN IS OBUMMA GOING TO START SUPPORTING THE AMERICAN CITIZENS INSTEAD OF PLAYING PATTY-CAKE W/ THE CORRUPT MEXICAN GOV'T?!
I WANT MY STATE BACK!!!

6:19PM PDT on Jun 9, 2010

In lieu of all these anti-immigrant sentiments please sign the petition. I hope to count with your support:

http://www.thepetitionsite.com/1/request-to-immediately-halt-deportation-of-guatemalan-immigrants-and-provide-temporary-protective

3:37PM PDT on May 21, 2010

(Pt2 end)

only dehyderated, but carrying the H1N1 Virus/SWINE FLU & INFECTING millions in the process?!
But, America is the "Land of Opportunity" & FREE-STUFF!!!
It's simply taken over almost every aspect of the lives of the millions of US CITIZENS that have rightfully EARNED & DESERVE Positive reinforcement from our FEDERAL GOV'T.
We are tired of being pushed aside by our own Gov't & watching our benefits being handed to someone who's come across our Borders with NO intention of working or providing for themselves or their family without TAKING AWAY THE RIGHTS OF U.S. CITIZENS & blatantly screaming in our face, "YOU owe US EVERYTHING!" & ignoring our laws & abusing our people.
.....That's WHY we need PROPER IMMIGRATION REFORM NOW & WHY we cannot play “patty-cake” with ILLEGAL Immigrant & Immigration as it stands.

GET THE FACTS BEFORE YOU 'THROW STONES'...:)

3:36PM PDT on May 21, 2010

(Pt2 cont'd)

some of the very worst Mexico has to GIVE us!~actually dumped on the Arizona Borders to cross, simply because Mexico didn't want them & their Gov't figured the best thing to do to RID their country of the "unwanted Mexican citizens" was to GIVE THEM TO THE USA. Afterall, our motto for years has been, "Give us your tired, your poor, your huddled masses..." ~right?
Arizona is FAR from a racist state. I'm over 50 & have lived here most of my life & can testify to the FACT that over 60% of our population is Hispanic/Latino.
I have close friends & family members who are Hispanic.
I have also worked in the HealthCare field for years & have personally witnessed the young girls who FLOCK to Tucson just to give birth because that gives their babies immediate, unquestioned citizenship ~ & the Dr's who provide them care have to rely on Fed. funds for a MINIMAL reimbursement of their services.
Also, I've witnessed "upper-class" Mexican citizens apply for OUR welfare programs, while driving cadillacs or a new suv & spend Food Stamps in grocery stores in front of young US families that are struggling to make ends meet.
"Why not give automatic Citizenship to those illegals already here?"
How do you feel to watch OUR Healthcare System failing our own Citizens when the ER's in Arizona are FULL of "Illegal Aliens" waiting for FREE MEDICAL CARE when they just arrived in Tucson, having walked here thru the desert & they're not only

3:34PM PDT on May 21, 2010

(Part2)
Many of the illegals in this state have come here specifically because the Federal AND State Gov't has been SO darn LAX in enforcing an "age-old" law on Immigration ~ whether trying to immigrate on this border or thru Ellis Island as our very own ancestors had to do.
Arizona was an "EZ Target" because the Borders are so vast & consisted of "wild land". It was hard to track anyone who crossed. I remember having illegals to work for my family when I was young~they were known then as "Wet-Backs". Many of those same people went thru the process to become LEGAL CITIZENS because of the wonderful opportunities & people here in the USA.
However, it soon got out of hand, & is now worse than ever because the new got out that "ANYone" could come up to the US via Arizona & New Mexico & Texas (O! & Calif~which is already considered "Mexifornia".) & TAKE ADVANTAGE of the LOOSE, UNorganized, Laws pertaining to Healthcare, Welfare, FREE Pre-natal care that also granted FREE citizenship to the masses who didn't want to EARN THE RIGHT TO CITIZENSHIP. They want it all FREE~with NO Effort & yet they also do NOT want to obey the laws & become an EQUAL, working part of the AMERICAN PUBLIC.
They've either been kicked out of Mexico for violating Mexican Law (yes, CRIMINALS) or they've figured out the "EZ-WAY TO THE AMERICAN DREAM".
We, in Arizona, who were raised & live on the Borders have witnessed truckloads of CRIMINALS~some of the very w

3:32PM PDT on May 21, 2010

THIS IS NOT AN ARIZONA STATE LAW~IT'S A FEDERAL LAW THAT HAS BEEN IN EXISTENCE FOR DECADES! DUE TO THE RECENT DRUG WARS, SWINE FLU PANDEMIC & OUTRIGHT TARGETING & KILLING OF BORDER PATROL AGENTS (MEN & WOMEN FROM ALL STATES!) ARIZONA HAS FOUND THE URGENT NEED TO ENFORCE OUR NATIONAL BORDER LAWS AGAINST A VERY DEADLY THREAT TO AMERICAN CITIZENS. ONE OUT OF EVERY 7 ILLEGAL PERSONS CROSSING THE BORDER ILLEGALLY FROM MEXICO CARRY THE SWINE FLU. IT IS THEIR CHOICE TO ATTEMPT ILLEGAL MEANS AT CITIZENSHIP IN THE USA ~ THIS IS NOT A WAR AGAINST "HUMAN RIGHTS" & THOSE WHO DO NOT LIVE HERE DO NOT SEE THE VERY REAL THREAT & BLATANT ASSASSINATIONS OF U.S. CITIZENS THAT OCCUR DAILY!
***DO NOT CRITICIZE & CONDEMN ARIZONA FOR ATTEMPTING TO PROTECT ALL U.S. CITIZENS (USING FEDERAL LAW TO DO SO!) FROM A POSSIBLE RE-OCCURRENCE OF 9/11 SIMPLY BECAUSE IT IS ON THE OPPOSITE SIDE OF THE COUNTRY, ON A DIFFERENT BORDER. WE ARE TRYING TO PROTECT ALL OF YOU/US!!! IT IS A U.S. CITIZENS RIGHT TO DEMAND THE FEDERAL GOV'T UPHOLD A FEDERAL LAW & ASSIST US IN THIS "FIGHT".
*WATCH "BORDER WARS" ON THE NATGEO CH FOR A VERY REAL VIEW OF THE REAL SITUATION ....& GET A CLUE~GET THE FACTS!
*I AM A TUCSON, ARIZONA NATIVE!

3:31PM PDT on May 21, 2010

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* 63% of cited/stopped drivers in Arizona have no license, no insurance and no registration for the vehicle. Of that 63%, 97% are illegal aliens

* 66% of cited/stopped drivers in New Mexico have no license, no insurance and no registration for the vehicle. Of that 66% 98% are illegal aliens.

* 380,000 plus “anchor babies” were born in the US to illegal alien parents in just one year, making 380,000 babies automatically US citizens.

* 97.2% of all costs incurred from those births were paid by the American taxpayers

And we haven't even touched food stamps, subsidized housing, medicare/medicaid costs, education costs (including special bilingual teachers and extra police to patrol the halls), traffic problems, etc., here.

"Law Makes it a Crime to be Illegal Immigrant." --MSNBC on-screen caption -- begging the question, "What part of 'illegal' doesn't MSNBC, (our FEDERAL Gov't & the American Public!!!) understand?".
http://www.eset.com

3:30PM PDT on May 21, 2010

You are obviously uninformed (is this by choice?) of the STATs & FEDERAL LAW. Let me apprise those of you are remain naive & ignorant of the TRUTH:

The following information IS compiled from Federal Bureau of Investigation and Department of Homeland Security reports:

* 83% of warrants for murder in Phoenix are for illegal aliens.

* 86% of warrants for murder in Albuquerque are for illegal aliens.

* 75% of those on the most wanted list in Los Angeles, Phoenix and Albuquerque are illegal aliens.

* 24.9% of all inmates in California detention centers are Mexican nationals

* 40.1% of all inmates in Arizona detention centers are Mexican nationals
* 48.2% of all inmates in New Mexico detention centers are Mexican nationals

* 29% (630,000) convicted illegal alien felons fill our state and federal prisons at a cost of $1.6 billion annually

* 53% plus of all investigated burglaries reported in California, New Mexico, Nevada, Arizona and Texas are perpetrated by illegal aliens.

* 50% plus of all gang members in Los Angeles are illegal aliens

* 71% plus of all apprehended cars stolen in 2005 in Texas, New Mexico, Arizona, Nevada and California were stolen by Illegal aliens or “transport coyotes".

* 47% of cited/stopped drivers in California have no license, no insurance and no registration for the vehicle. Of that 47%, 92% are illegal aliens.

* 63% of cited/stopped drivers in Arizona have no license, no insurance and no registration

8:17AM PDT on May 13, 2010

THIS ISSUE IS ABOUT ILLEGAL IMMIGRANTS. THAT MEANS THERE IN THE PROCESS OF IMMIGRATING.BUT ON THERE FIRST DAY THEY BROKE U.S. IMMIGRATION LAWS ,THUS MAKING THEM ILLEGAL IMMIGRANTS.I AM SICK & TIRED OF THIS ISSUE.ILLEGAL IMMIGRANTS ARE HERE FROM ALL OVER THE WORLD. 1987: The US government passes the Immigration Reform and Control Act which grants amnesty to any illegal immigrant who entered the US before 1982.IF YOU NOTICE IT STATES ILLEGAL IMMIGRANTS.22 YEARS AGO I MARRIED A WOMAN FROM MEXICO .I HIRED A LAWYER I PAID ALL THE FEES I WAITED FOR ALL THE PAPER WORK & SO ON.TODAY SHE IS AN AMERICAN CITIZEN.I WELCOME ALL THE IMMIGRANTS THAT WISH TO LIVE IN AMERICA TO DO THE SAME.THE REST OF YOU(illegal immigrants)GO TO THE END OF THE LINE.THANKS ARIZONA

5:44PM PDT on May 12, 2010

Janice,
I couldn't agree with you more. I have many Hispanic friends that have gone through the tough legal process to become citizens. they are totally against amnesty and actually want our federal government to start enforcing the federal immigration laws that Arizona and Oklahoma and soon Pennsylvania are giving their law enforcement personnel the authority to enforce. If the federal government would enforce the law, the laws that these states have and are enacting would be unnecessary. Instead, the White House and some in Congress want to cheapen the hard work legal immigrants have gone through to earn their citizenship and diminish the pride they have in achieving citizenship by rewarding people that broke our immigration laws with citizenship.

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